Lighting 201 - Basic Portrait Lighting Class

  • March 20, 2013 · 6:00 PM
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Learn about different lighting sources, and how to control and expose for them.

In this 2.5 hour class, we will cover:

- different lighting sources and their properties, such as natural (the sun), ambient room light, studio strobes and flash units, and continuous studio lights.

- what your camera settings need to be set at; shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and white balance for the different lighting sources and why

- different modifiers, why and when to use each (soft boxes - square, round, or strip boxes, umbrellas, snoots, barn doors, grids, and reflectors)

- different ways to remotely trigger studio or flash strobe lights.

Lighting is a very immense subject, with much more complex topics and specific areas to learn in order to be really proficient at it.

This class is meant to give you the basics and a sound understanding of where to start with lighting.

Photography after all is simply the capturing of light.  Knowing and understanding how to create or control the light is the #1 thing you can do to become an amazing photographer.

* I do require that you either attend the Photography 101 class before coming to this one or have a good understanding of your camera settings in manual mode. You should know what a stop of light is and how to change it using one of the 3 features in your camera (ISO, shutter, and aperture). You can not work with more complex lighting without this knowledge. Studio strobes can not be used with program or automatic modes in your camera. In order to get the full benefit of this class, you must be able to take your camera out of all automatic shooting (including auto ISO) and understand what each of the settings control, like depth of field, stopping or blurring motion, and sensor sensitivity to light (all covered in the Photo 101 class).

Because this is a short class I can only cover the basics of lighting. There will be a Lighting 202 class also posted where you will learn how to meter the light, setting up different lighting scenarios, and working with more complex lighting to produce professional looking images.



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  • Lisa

    Lori, this was a very informative class. So thankful for your knowledge and willingness to share with us all. Looking forward to part 2 next month.

    March 23, 2013

  • Lori J.

    Last bit:
    For natural light shooters, get one of these!!! http://amzn.to/10s7e0f - 5 in 1 reflector - this one is from Fotodiox, so better then the one I showed you $18 Off brand snoot for studio flash: http://amzn.to/165auQL - to fit Alien Bees also, but remember to turn the modeling light off or you'll smell plastic burning

    March 22, 2013

  • Lori J.

    Other light stuff: http://amzn.to/Y3UlsU - radio trigger, shutter release system (be sure to get the right make for your camera - the cords that come with it are different for the shutter release capabilities) http://amzn.to/WS76am - 5 light head from Cowboy studio $29

    2 head light set and monstrously big daylight bulbs (more expensive then the lowes ones - $15 each but a lot more light. They will not fit in the 5 head socket holder
    http://amzn.to/Ytt6HM
    http://amzn.to/14he9gg - 2 light holder - umbrella holder already built in (only the 5 head does not)

    if you get it, you will need an umbrella adapter to hold a modifier - http://amzn.to/YtsphE
    (this is a manfrotto, so doesn't get much better or stronger than this. for the continous lighting something cheaper would work but this piece will also work for holding your flash on a stand on location too and you want something strong if you do that)

    http://amzn.to/10s7CvP - $75 manual flash, if you don't own one

    March 22, 2013

  • Lori J.

    Crazy light stuff:

    http://amzn.to/13OrJaP - socket to put crazy light in from Cowboy studio http://amzn.to/Xv1QWa - same socket $1 more but comes from Adorama so may be built stronger - IDK

    http://amzn.to/16ig17J - Studiohut http://amzn.to/ZaOwb2 - Adaroma http://amzn.to/Ytp2Yh - Little bitty stand http://amzn.to/15zVFn7 - colored filters http://amzn.to/14bXJ8s - $11 umbrella, bounce

    http://amzn.to/13ikCYQ - $13 shoot through umbrella http://amzn.to/Xv1QWa - 7foot light stands, light weight but will get taller then the little bitty ones

    March 22, 2013

  • Lori J.

    If you plan to work with studio lighting, you will need one of these eventually. Not for this class because I will have mine and demonstrate it for you.

    http://amzn.to/16x8CRV

    and this is the one I own:
    http://amzn.to/WNIAWs

    and a top of the line one (Sekonic's newest):
    http://amzn.to/Zu3ysD

    Also, when working with various lighting a grey card is needed for correct white balance or some kind of white balance tool. Again I will have these items there to demo but wanted you to have the links in case you wish to purchase:

    $9 - http://amzn.to/ZaJEmY
    $13 - http://amzn.to/10QsYRX
    the one I use - http://amzn.to/XcIbKl

    March 15, 2013

    • Julie Furr S.

      So where can we find the crazy lights? :)

      March 21, 2013

  • Mary

    I can't make evening classes until the boys basketball season is over. Hope to catch another one.

    March 19, 2013

  • Gina D.

    looking forward to learning on Wednesday and have tons of questions about other things for you. Making a list! haha

    March 19, 2013

  • kelly e.

    Hi Lori, I would still like to be added to this class.

    1 · March 15, 2013

  • Julie Furr S.

    Please add me:)

    March 8, 2013

  • Tina B.

    Please add me Lori!

    March 5, 2013

  • kelly e.

    I would like to attend this one as well. Thanks!

    March 5, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Thanks Lori. Please add me to this under the March VIP. :-)

    March 5, 2013

  • Peter H.

    Hi Lori: Just wondering if you feel I need the 201 course prior to taking the 202. I've shot with you on several occassions learning some of the material mentioned above and have "academic" references from the NYIP coursework. I know lighting is an involved topic and I'm not sure if this would be redundant. Do you think I am prepared for your 202 class at this point?

    February 25, 2013

    • Lori J.

      Photography 101 is what you probably don't need.

      March 4, 2013

    • Lori J.

      Peter, i am also doing these same classes in April and there is still room in the $60/month VIP then if you like, plus all the other activities that come in that one price, might be better financially to wait. However the next month always fills up about 2 weeks before the month starts (just keep that in mind)

      March 4, 2013

  • Gina D.

    I can't wait to learn, learn and learn!

    March 1, 2013

  • Wendy Ward S.

    I will be there :) VIP

    February 28, 2013

  • Annette A.

    pls add me

    February 23, 2013

  • Ron T.

    Interested in the 202 class

    February 22, 2013

    • Lori J.

      Hey Ron.. Yes, I have to get it posted for March. Lots of people ready now that we have gotten past the difference in lighting source, quanity vs quality, kelvin, etc, 202 will be all about lighting patterns, mixing lighting sources, and just getting more creative with the light. Would love to see you join us if you can.

      February 22, 2013

  • Tina B.

    If there is no morning class , please add me to this one!:)

    February 20, 2013

  • Michelle M.

    Please add me with the March VIP. Thank you!

    February 13, 2013

  • Lori J.

    I just want everyone to see the new trigger/ receiver system that I am moving to. We will use them at this event and just thought I'd share a link if you decided to get one for yourself for future strobe and lighting sessions/ classes. It's only $35 for one but I'd recommend getting the set of two so you can use them outside of our group with your own camera and flashes.

    http://amzn.to/WiEMv8

    February 12, 2013

  • Eevi S.

    Add me with the March VIP, please!

    February 10, 2013

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